Mayor Rizzo tells Shaws site developers to withdraw proposal, calls for moratorium on developing apartments.
Last week, Mayor Dan Rizzo sent a letter telling the developer of the former Shaws site to “go back to the drawing board”.
“Based on my conversation with residents across Revere, it is clear we do not want more residential development.” said Mayor Rizzo. “The people have spoken, and I have listened. And I have made that message clear to the developers.”
The letter in part stated:
“Revere residents are engaged, intelligent and articulate. Their participation is the bedrock of our community and a guidepost we must follow.
I invite you to participate in our Plan Revere initiative and continue to explore options for the Shaw’s site that meet the city’s overall development goals, increase the city’s tax base, stimulate commercial development, do not put an additional burden on our schools and other public resources, and, most importantly, that work for and include the input of the neighborhoods most affected.”
The Mayor stated that nothing will move forward on that site without a full, open discussion and public process that completely vets the merits of any proposal and how it impacts the surrounding neighborhoods.
Rizzo went on to call for a moratorium on all large-scale residential development and that any future discussions of residential development would take place within the framework of Plan Revere.
“We will rely on significant input from Revere residents to shape the future of our city” concluded Rizzo. “Plan Revere means, just like with this project, that you decide.”